Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AP English--AP Terms, Set Four

A Steep Snow Slope, Nicholas Roerich (1924)
Due October 11, 2016 

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices/grammar terms/vocabulary/tone words, etc.  Write the term and the definition in your notebook.  Also include at least one example. You will find many examples on the Internet (always cite your source--the name of the website in parentheses). Then explain why/how you think these devices are effective (if appropriate) to use in writing (a sentence or two explanation for each rhetorical device or term). Scholars, be aware that I will sometimes repeat terms.  For example, you may see a term that was listed in an earlier AP Terms Set.  I do this purposefully because "Repetition is the mother of memory."  I expect you again to do all of the above for the term, even though you did the work in a previous set.  I do want you to provide a new, original example (different from the one you provided when you defined the term before).

Friday, September 23, 2016

English IV--Word List Three


Due October 4, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SAT Question Stems


SAT Question Stem Types for the Reading Test
  1.  Which point about ____ is implied in Passage 1 and explicit in Passage 2?
  2. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

AP English--AP Terms, Set Three

Allegory of Music, Jose Manuel Capuletti (1946)
Due September 26, 2016

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices. Write the term and the definition on loose-leaf paper in your binder to turn in for a grade. Also include at least one example for each term. You will find many examples on the Internet (always cite your source--the name of the website). Then explain why/how you think the specific example that you found is effective (a sentence or two explanation for each rhetorical device). Remember to avoid explanations, such as "it draws the reader in," "for emphasis," etc. When you write that, you are stating the obvious. Go to the meaning of the words themselves in the rhetorical device; your explanation of effectiveness should encompass MEANING. The rhetorical device is the red flag to draw your attention, but the effectiveness is expressed through the denotation and connotation and message of the words!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Be Prepared for College and Beyond



Grades Nine and Ten

  • Establish a College Board account and a Khan Academy Account. Connect the accounts. See this website (right column) for directions.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


"Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.”--President George W. Bush

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Questions: Historical Background to Puritans (134-136)

Boston Harbor, Maurice Prendergast (1900-1905)
Questions:   Historical Background to Puritans (134-136)

1. What are some of the positive qualities of the Puritans?
2. What was the Puritan attitude towards wealth?

English III and AP English--Notes on Puritans

Blue Bay and Dunes, Milton Avery (1961)
Due

Handwrite the following notes into your 3-ring binder.  You may abridge (shorten) some of the longer notes, as long as the meaning is clear.

Key Terms and Dates

1. total depravity--the Puritan/Pilgrim belief that from the moment of birth, human beings are filthy, disgusting, and evil.  

2. grace--the one shining light in Puritan theology: God, for reasons unknown to humans, may decide to forgive or demonstrate an act of goodness.

AP English--"Of Plymouth Plantation" Activity/Notes


Scholars:

As you read "Of Plymouth Plantation" (81) in the yellow textbook (the one with the lady on the front cover), I want you to take notes and cite text as much as possible for the following:

AP English--Positive Legacy of Puritans

Provincetown Dunes, Charles Demuth (1914)
Due

Handwrite these notes and place in your binder.

1. They were a people who valued education strongly.  Puritans established the first public high school in America--Boston Latin School.  They also thought that it was very important that both boys and girls receive an education, although the extent of the different sexes' education varied.  Puritans established the first Ivy League colleges in America.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

AP English--AP Terms, Set Two


Grammar, Paul Serusier (1892)
Due September 13, 2016

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices/grammar terms.  Write the terms and the definitions in your binders (to be collected).  Also include at least one example for each AP Term/rhetorical device/grammar term. You will find many examples on the Internet (always cite your source--the name of the website in parentheses). Then (if appropriate) explain why/how you think the particular examples that you chose are effective (a sentence or two explanation of effectiveness for each rhetorical device or term). You don't need to include comments about effectiveness for the grammar terms, but you should define those terms and list examples.

Always organize your work so that it is very clear and readable. Use highlighting, underlining, labeling, and numbering.


Please highlight your name in the heading. Thank you.

English IV--Word List Two


Due September 20, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Obama Speech on Bin Laden--Writing Prompt (Analysis) and Sample Opening Paragraph


Prompt: Analyze President Obama's speech on the death of Bin Laden. Identify the President's purpose for delivering this speech and then explain how he effectively utilizes rhetorical devices to support and achieve his objective.